Everybody's protest novel -- Many thousands gone -- Carmen Jones: the dark is light enough -- The Harlem ghetto -- Journey to Atlanta -- Notes of a Native Son -- Encounter on the Seine: Black meets Brown -- A question of identity -- Equal in Paris -- Stranger in the village
Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad remain as powerful today as when they were written. "He named for me the things you feel but couldn't utter. . . . Jimmy's essays articulated for the first time to white America what it meant to be American and a black American at the same time."